The direct sequels to Gen I, Gold and Silver
, followed by Crystal
. Later Gen IV had the remakes Heart Gold and Soul Silver
: The Johto region, which has a theme of tradition (myths about Ho-oh and Lugia, most old-fashioned looking region, starters are mono-type). Kanto becomes accessible halfway through the game.
: The game takes place 3 years after Gen I. The journey to defeat the Pokémon League remains the same. Once again, you fight Team Rocket, who are desperate to bring back their boss Giovanni after he supposedly disbanded the team and fled when Red beat him in a Gym battle. After becoming the champion, you make your way through Kanto, defeating the original 8 Gyms before ultimately fighting the original PC, Red, in Mt. Silver.
: Gen II brought 100 new Pokémon. Some were evolutions (ex. Steelix to Onix) or baby forms (ex. Pichu to Pikachu) of Gen I Pokémon. Unfortunately, I must put my nostalgia aside and admit that most of the brand new Pokémon, while having good designs, were terrible, both harder to find and much weaker than several Gen I Pokémon. Even the starters are probably the worst in the series after Gen V, particularly Meganium. Several were redeemed when Gen IV evolved them.
: Gen II is considered by many as the peak of the series, especially the remakes. Not hard to see why; great music, two regions, many Pokémon available, and several improvements and additions to the mechanics from Gen I. However, I believe that Gen II's greatest downfall is what many hold it on a pedestal for: Kanto. As stated before, most of the Gen I Pokémon are far superior to Gen II's. Furthermore, the inclusion of Kanto led to Johto's levels being kicked down (the first Gym Leader's ace is at Lv. 9, compared to Lv. 14 that it would usually be). Kanto itself had bad level distribution (fixed in HGSS
) that made fighting through trainers a chore. and its wild Mons were mostly no stronger than in Gen I, making them difficult to catch up to your team. Still, Gen II is a wonderful experience that no Pokefan should miss.
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